Washington whiffed on a chance to pick up a big win against a ranked team. The Huskies’ 82-70 loss to No. 10 Connecticut is a serious setback, which drops UW to 6-5.
MONDAY MORNING NOTES AND LINKS:
— No. 1 Arizona lost a first-place vote, but retained the top spot in the Associated Press rankings. No. 12 Oregon moved up one spot and No. 21 Colorado fell a spot from last week.
— The Wildcats get one more tuneup before its Jan. 2 pac-12 opener against Washington State.
— Despite a 78-73 loss to then-No. 20 Oklahoma State on Saturday, Colorado’s Spencer Dinwiddie feels the Buffaloes (10-2) are one of the best teams in the nation.
— Kyle Anderson carried UCLA to an 83-60 win over Weber State. He finished with a career-high 23 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals for the Bruins (10-2). Tony Parker added 15 points and Bryce Alford 10.
— Pe’Shon Howard hit an off-balance 3-pointer from the right wing as time expired to lift Southern California to a 79-76 overtime victory over Dayton. After the Flyers missed a reverse layup with the score tied at 76, the Trojans (8-4) got the rebound and called time out with 4.7 seconds left. Howard (12 points) took the inbounds pass, dribbled up the right side and let his shot fly over for the win. Byron Wesley began the game on the bench, but he scored 26 points in 41 minutes – both team highs. USC improved to 8-4.
— Without injured guard Ricky Kreklow (broken hand), California fell behind big early, trailed by 11 at halftime and never mounted much of a challenge in the second half en route to a 68-54 defeat at Creighton. The Golden Bears couldn’t stop preseason All-American Doug McDermott who had 20 points and 11 rebounds. The Bears also couldn’t get their offense going. Their 54 points is a season low and they shot 36.4 percent from the field. Justin Cobbs led Cal (8-4) with 13 points, Tyrone Wallace had 12 and David Kravish 11.
— Akron snapped Oregon State’s three game winning streak and handed the Beavers a 83-71 defeat in a first-round game of the Diamond Head Classic. In front of President Barack Obama and the first family, OSU gave up the first 10 points of the game and fell behind 16-2, a deficit that proved to be too much to overcome as the Beavers fell to 6-3. After being ejected in the previous game, Roberto Nelson returned and scored 20 points. Devon Collier had 10 and Angus Brandt finished with 2 points after scoring 27 in the previous game.